Tigers Draft Signing Presser

Many of the principles involved in the drafting and signing process were on a conference call to discuss the draft. Here are some of the highlights from the call.

Key: DC=David Chadd, DD=Dave Dombrowski, JT=Jacob Turner, DF=Daniel Fields, BF=Bruce Fields, JF=Julie Fields, AO=Andrew Oliver

  • DD: Willing to go over slot because these players were the best available and could help the organization the most
  • JT: “Dream come true to play for an organization like the Tigers.”
  • AO: Exciting day and reassuring that the hard work and dedication is paying off
  • DF: “Exiciting day getting drafted by the Tigers, my hometown team.”
  • DC: All 3 players are heading to Lakeland to get in shape and all will participate in the instructional league. That’s the only plan right now
  • DF: On his decision he said it was very tough because he loves Michigan but it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
  • BF: “It’s a dream come true” to have his son follow in his footsteps. They wanted him to go to school all along, but left the decision up to him.
  • DF: On his exposure to big league clubhouses as a kid: “It’s helped a lot because I’ve seen how hard everybody has to work to get to the major leagues.”
  • DC: “Jacob and Andy give us an influx of starting pitching right away. Daniel gives us a tremendous amount of options as far as his athletic ability goes. He’s a talented shortstop that I can see down the road playing multiple positions. I’m not ruling him out as a SS, he’s coming out as a SS.”
  • AO: Early in the year he got stuck between a slider and a curve and he’s excited to work with the organization to get his breaking ball back.


  1. Eric Cioe

    August 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for all the signing coverage, billfer.

  2. Mat

    August 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    So was this day a win for the Tigers? I understand getting Fields and Turner were the major issues. Was anyone we wanted NOT signed?

    • billfer

      August 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

      I definitely think so. Sure it would be nice to have added Appel/Keefer/Mateychick etc, but the Tigers added 3 prospects who instantly appear in their top 10 (and 2 in their top 5) and they spent $9 million (3rd highest) to do it. I’d call it a big win.

      • Mat

        August 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

        Glad to hear it. Thanks.